Why track & trace is the solution for South Africa’s “Tobacco Wars”

Why track & trace is the solution for South Africa’s “Tobacco Wars”

The timing of Johann van Loggerenberg’s new book, Tobacco Wars, could scarcely have been more apt. Just a couple of weeks after South Africa’s former crime-buster published a brutal exposé of the cigarette industry, Zimbabwean tobacco kingpin Simon Rudland was shot at nine times in an apparent assassination attempt. Rudland,…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Saudi Aramco attacks: Where we are now, implications for Africa

Saudi Aramco attacks: Where we are now, implications for Africa

The heightened rhetoric following Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil infrastructure seemed more heat than light, as the United States accused Iran of being responsible – which Iran denies – and threatened retaliation in keeping with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s wishes. It’s still uncertain how much structural damage was…

Africans make progress on HIV, but the success is uneven

Africa has made some great strides in reducing HIV infection rates and their impacts, but the trends are uneven on the continent and across the globe. That’s worrying as progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has slowed, according to an annual report from UNAIDS. “We urgently need increased political leadership…

Tech-driven agriculture holds promise for African youth

From the agricultural use of drones in Mozambique to solar irrigation systems in Niger, the African continent is embracing digital technologies to boost its food productivity and profitably – and that only becomes a more critical goal as young populations grow across the coming decades. That’s one reason why youth…

U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

President Donald Trump of the United States has never been known for his attention to the African continent, with the exception of unfortunate negative remarks that reverberate around the world. With the 2020 U.S. presidential race taking off, though, other candidates are starting to address the importance of Africa in…

Nigeria welcomes tobacco control measures

Nigeria will enact strict tobacco control provisions that have been tabled for four years, according to its ministry of health, which publicly announced provisions on Friday in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization. The country’s national assembly ratified the 2015 National Tobacco Control Act provisions…

Ahead of EU review, the clash over Zimbabwe sanctions

South Africa has issued the latest appeal to the international community to lift longstanding sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe in order to alleviate pressures contributing to its economic and political crises. “Zimbabwe has been going through a challenging socioeconomic situation, which has inadvertently had an impact on South Africa. We have…

UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

A sharply divided United Nations Security Council discussed the political crisis in Venezuela during an emergency meeting called by the United States on Saturday, with the council’s African members pressing for a national dialogue and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty rather than the forced removal of President Nicolás Maduro. The contentious…

After Jammeh, Gambians hope for justice as TRRC hearings begin

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia welcomed on Monday the start of hearings by the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), formed to explore human rights violations that occurred during the 22-year rule of former dictator Yahya Jammeh. “As a key pillar of the transitional justice program of the…